Volume 92, Issue 74

Tuesday, February 9, 1999


Protecting thy honour

Moaning and groaning to the top

Life's tragedies

Women in separate research

Moaning and groaning to the top

Re: Unnecessary grunting, Feb. 2

To the Editor:

I am writing in response to an unfriendly letter submitted by Cory Garlock regarding "grunting" in the University Community Centre weight room. I am proud to say I am one of the GRUNTERS for whom Cory has such disdain. I found his comments insulting and felt compelled to respond.

As opposed to approaching his complaint of "blatant hollering" in a mature, respectable manner, Cory chose to refer to me and others as grunters, making "barnyard noises" and good only for "comic relief."

My training partner and I take pride in showing respect and appreciation for the gym facilities and other trainers. We are very regular and dedicated patrons and it is frustrating to hear a relative newcomer to our environment try to tell us how to train.

I am a power lifter and I train very seriously for this sport. It is often necessary to grunt forcefully during maximal exertion to increase the strength of muscular contraction. This is called breathing control. In martial arts, this shouting is referred to as "kihap," which helps maximize the force of a strike.

Perhaps you could try to appreciate our enthusiasm and use it to motivate your own training. If you really want to "make the weight room a better place for us all," that includes myself and other "vocal" trainers. Everyone has an equal right to train here.

I can suggest two resolutions for your concern. Train at a different time or come speak to any of us directly so we can share our points of view. Once you see how approachable and personable we are I am sure you will feel much less intimidated. Hopefully now you will choose not to mock that which you do not understand and we can all train comfortably side by side.

Josh Hewett
Kinesiology II

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